LM386 Based Audio Amplifier Circuit

Published  September 12, 2015   48
J Jayant
LM386 Audio Amplifier Circuit

Simple Mic audio amplifier can amplify sound that is given from Microphone. This circuit can be used as “Small mic and loudspeaker system” for a small space like a room. This circuit can also be used in many applications like portable music players, intercoms, radio amplifiers, TV sound systems, Ultrasonic drivers etc. It can also be used as sound sensor for microcontrollers. It is inexpensive, low power operated and only need few components to work. This circuit is based on LM386 IC to amplify sound.


LM386 is a low voltage audio amplifier and frequently used in battery powered music devices like radios, guitars, toys etc. The gain range is 20 to 200, gain is internally set to 20 (without using external component) but can be increased to 200 by using resistor and capacitor between PIN 1 and 8, or just with a capacitor. Voltage gain simply means that Voltage out is 200 times the Voltage IN. LM386 has a wide supply voltage range 4-12v. Below is the Pin diagram of LM386.

Audio Amplifier LM386 Pinout

Pin description of LM386 is given in the following sections along with the functions of external components used for amplification. So let's start building our simple LM386 based audio amplifier circuit design.


Components Required for LM386 Audio Amplifier Circuit

  • IC LM386
  • Condensor Mic
  • Speaker 8ohm
  • Capacitors- 220uF, 10uF (two), 0.1uF, 0.05uF
  • Resistor- 10k (two)
  • Potentiometer- 100k
  • Battery 5-12v


PIN 1 and 8: These are the gain control PINs, internally the gain is set to 20 but it can be increased up to 200 by using a capacitor between PIN 1 and 8. We have used 10uF capacitor C1 to get the highest gain i.e. 200. Gain can be adjusted to any value between 20 to 200 by using proper capacitor.

Pin 2 and 3: These are the input PINs for sound signals. Pin 2 is the negative input terminal, connected to the ground. Pin 3 is the positive input terminal, in which sound signal is fed to be amplified. In our circuit it is connected to the positive terminal of the condenser mic with a 100k potentiometer RV1. Potentiometer acts as volume control knob.

A capacitor C5 of 0.1uF has also been used along with potentiometer, to remove the DC component of input signal and only allow audio (AC component) to be fed into LM386.

Pin 4 and 6: These are the power supply Pins of IC, Pin 6 for is +Vcc and Pin 4 is Ground. The circuit can be powered with voltage between 5-12v.

Pin 5: This is the output PIN, from which we get the amplified sound signal.


The output signal has both AC and DC component, and DC component is undesirable and can’t be fed to Speaker. So to remove this DC component, a capacitor C2 of 220uF has been used. This has the same function as Capacitor C5 (0.1uF) at input side.


Along with this capacitor, a filter circuit of Capacitor C3 (.05uF) and resistor R1 (10k) has been used at the output PIN 5. This filter also called the “Zobel network”, this electronic filter is used to remove the sudden High frequency oscillations or noise.

Pin 7: This is the bypass terminal. It can be left open or can be grounded using a capacitor for stability.


LM386 Audio Amplifier Circuit Diagram 

Below is the schematic diagram given for this LM386 IC based audio amplifier.

LM386 Audio Amplifier Circuit Diagram

Resistor R2 (10k) has been used as a Pull up resistor to connect Condenser mic to the positive supply voltage, to provide the power to the mic. A suitable resistor should be used for proper working of mic, you can look up to datasheet for the value or use a variable resistor and set the proper value.


This LM386 audio amplifier circuit can be also used to record any sound. We just need a 3.5 mm audio plug and a computer with sound recording software. We only need to connect computer’s 3.5mm jack in place of Speaker, using 3.5mm audio plug, and we can easily record our voice or any sound into computer like a professional microphone. [Also check: Simple Audio Amplifier using IC 555]


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Submitted by Student on Tue, 12/01/2015 - 14:24


Why from your diagram..I count there are 3 ceramic capacitors and 3 electrolyte capacitors..? But from what you mentioned in the list, there are 5 capacitors used.. then what is the value of the other ceramic capacitor in the diagram ?? Is it you listed it wrong ?????
Please help me !!!

Nothing is wrong, we have just used two 0.1uF ceramic capacitors in series, to get the 0.05uF (1/C = 1/C1 + 1/C2). If you have 0.05uF capacitor, you can directly use that one. Go with circuit diagram.

Submitted by knsubrahmanyam on Thu, 12/24/2015 - 16:39


can I use mobile phone audio output for this circuit input...is this ckt can amplified mobile output or not....

Submitted by tushar on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 20:30


should I do connections as per diagram?

Submitted by Muhammed salimpc on Tue, 03/22/2016 - 15:15


I want to know the detail working of this circuit for my mini project. I a help of any one immediately.

sir, would like to mention that u have used a 10K resistor as R2.
if u use a 47k or 56k resistor instead of it the microphone would work more efficiently and would become more sensitive.
and i would like to ask.
about the capacitor C3 and C5. what value can i use if i dont have both of them???
please help me soon..

Submitted by janet on Sun, 07/10/2016 - 17:59


In your circuit R1 is marked 10k, 10,000 ohms. This is WRONG . It is part of the Zobel network to aid stability into inductive loads (speaker/headphones) and should be a low value. As Ger said above, R1 should be 10 ohms. Check the LM386 data sheet for confirmation.

Submitted by Joseph Heeren on Mon, 10/03/2016 - 15:29


Dear Sir, I would like to use the amplifier for hearing aid. In this case the loudspeaker must be replaced by a crystal earphone, what changes must I make in the circuit? Kind regards.

Submitted by Simon on Thu, 10/13/2016 - 15:33


what if i want my circuit to have negative feedback and overall gain with feedback = 1000?

Submitted by emeke on Tue, 11/01/2016 - 20:25


i am in nigeria so my voltage needs to be rectified to prevent my circuit from burning. What do i do?

Submitted by emeke on Wed, 11/02/2016 - 14:27


i placed a signal generator instead of a mic in my proteus but it does not simulate because of excess CPU load. I have changed my resistors to pull-up and tried everything. Pls what is wrong

Submitted by Narayan Dhakal on Tue, 01/17/2017 - 08:03


here u ve selected a 10 k resistor as a impedance equalizer resistor (Zobel resistor ) when i seeked through the net i found it to be 10 ohm using the online zobel resistance calculator.
what do u wanna say?

Submitted by James on Sun, 03/26/2017 - 14:23


Am doing a project on loadshedding time management using programmable interface.using the arduino uno.I need help on the connection.

Submitted by Tanveeksha on Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:04


I am using this circuit for an electronic stethoscope.I have inserted the condenser mic inside the acoustic stethoscope's chest-piece. Instead of a speaker, there is an audio jack to which any earphones can be plugged in. After rigging it up and while testing there is a constant hissing noise in the background. Adjusting the potentiometer only agravates the noise! What should I do?

Submitted by Santosh on Sun, 08/13/2017 - 06:38


If we increased the sound noise is added. How can I solve it?

Submitted by Jacques on Fri, 10/06/2017 - 21:28


My circuit completely destorts the speaker? am i doing something wrong
whatwould be the cause of this?

Submitted by simon on Fri, 11/10/2017 - 16:51


Can you please provide the formulas to calculate your gain in dB and also to calculate your signal distortion for this circuit?

Submitted by sajeersha on Mon, 12/18/2017 - 16:26


what is the voltage of power that i can use in this circuit and where i should connect the power supply?

Submitted by venkatesh on Sat, 02/03/2018 - 11:56


why we r using 220uf capacitor. instead of 220uf we r using 470 uf but the noise high ?what is the difference between the capacitors.

Submitted by Omer Baig on Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:39


Sir ! can i use 8 ohm 2w speaker ?